By John M. Williams
The world has experienced major events in April and May 2011. The United States has been in the forefront of many of them. Tornadoes have brought destruction, financial ruin and hundreds of deaths to people in the South and mid-west. Republicans Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty entered the presidential race. Osama bin Laden was killed. Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress. President Barack Obama visited Europe. Chrysler repaid its loan to the U.S. Treasury years ahead of time. Democrat Kathy Hochul won a special election in New Yorkâ€™s 26th district on protecting Medicare as we know it. Bosnian Serbian war criminal general Ratko Mladic was captured. On Memorial; Day, the United States honored its men and women serving in the military.
The property destruction, deaths and human misery caused by the tornadoes produced tears and a deep sadness. These negatives were soon raised when House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that any federal funds for rebuilding had to be offset by cuts in federal spending. Again, the Republicans showed they did not want federal aid used to help poor and middle class people. I listened for the outrage, but the people were silent. My pain was eased and replaced by admiration when I saw the tenacious fortitude of the people who are determined to rebuild their lives and homes.
I am amused by Newt Gingrichâ€™s entrance into the presidential campaign. His chances of becoming president are zero. It is an oxymoron to call him an intellectual. He will line his pockets with campaign money, and he is good copy for the print and broadcast press.
Tim Pawlenty will never beat President Barack Obama. He is boring and was a so-so governor. He has to push himself to the extreme right if he wants to win his partyâ€™s nomination. The extreme right in his party will never win a general election.
Osama bin Laden deserves to be killed.
There will never be a Palestinian state as long as Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister of Israel. The ultra right parties among the Palestinians and Israelis will never allow peace. Netanyahu must go, and the countries surrounding Israel must recognize Israelâ€™s right to exist as a state in that region of the world.
It appears that President Obama had a successful trip to Europe. Letâ€™s hope he can build on it and our ties with Europe will strengthen politically, economically and socially.
Chrysler repaying its loan to the federal government shows the president made the correct decision to loan Chrysler the money to save the company from going out of business. The decision saved Chrysler and the U.S. auto industry. The president deserves accolades from the country.
Democrat Kathy Hochul special election victory in New Yorkâ€™s 26th district on protecting Medicare as we know it should send a message to the GOP to leave Medicare alone. Seniors trust it and rely on it. Instead of destroying Medicare as we know it, the GOP should work to fix it. Privatizing Medicare will not fix it. Democrats should create a program that ensures Medicare remains a government run program and is solvent. Protecting Medicare may help Democrats remain in the majority in the U.S. Senate next year and retake the majority in the U.S. Senate.
Bosnian Serbian war criminal general Ratko Mladicâ€™s capture is a victory for justice. He is entitled to be .a fair trial. If he is found guilty, he should be sent to jail for the rest of his life. His supporters should be watched carefully to ensure they do not try to break him out of jail.
On Memorial; Day, the United States honored its men and women serving in the military. America owes a great deal to our men and women serving, and our veterans, in our military. We need to provide our active military and our veterans with better jobs and medical care. We need to increase the amount of money the government gives to the Veterans Administration.
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